Mary and I will be celebrating 49 years of marriage the 28th of this month. I was eighteen and had just finished my first year at Oklahoma Baptist University and she was seventeen and had just graduated from Edmond Highschool. [Now Edmond Memorial] In fact, she graduated on a Tuesday night and we married two nights later on Thursday evening at First Baptist Church, Edmond Oklahoma.
I was already pastoring, having been called to my first church as pastor a year before when I was seventeen. We had three children in the first four years and__ after the doctor explained to us what was causing it__ the fourth wasn't born until nine years later. We had a lot to learn in more ways than one.
I've been writing about women in life and ministry and decided to show the one who is much of my inspiration for both in my own walk. She is the one who defines real christianity for me in a present day human picture. She is real, brutally honest about herself to herself and others and her own person through and through. She knows the reality of Christ as He is and reflects Him in ways she doesn't even see. She loves but is not blind, helps but knows boundaries, gives but doesn't enable and is, as I said, my personal inspiration for much of life itself. I live better because I know and love her.
I'm writing this now for a couple of reasons. One is I want to. Another is I'm not ready with my next post. But the real reason is I want you to know the one who is the example for everything good I ever say about women in life and ministry.
I thought it might be good to show you the way our 13 grandkids see us.